Blackfeet Community College
504 SE Boundary St
Browning, MT 59417
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
The mission of Blackfeet Community College (BCC) is to promote and advance the Ni-tsi-ta-pi (Blackfeet for “Real People”) values and way of knowing through high quality, accessible academic and vocational education programs and services.
The college’s mission arose from the early vision of tribal leadership who insisted the college strengthen and enrich the Blackfeet Nation and universal community through quality education that integrated the Ni-tsi-ta-pi World of Knowledge. To do so, BCC follows eight core values:
Tsi-ksi-ka-ta-pi-wa-tsini — Blackfeet way of knowing
Blackfeet culture and spirituality in philosophy, thought, and action
Nin-na-wa-tsin — Being a leader
Application in daily actions: Professionalism, integrity, and responsibility in human interaction
Ini-yimm — Respect
Respect for one’s self, all other people, all other ideas, and each thing in the natural world
Ni-ta-pi-pa-ta-pi-tsin — Living in a good way
Honest in all thoughts and actions
Ii-yi-kah-kii-ma-tsin —Trying hard
Commitment, dedication, sincerity in the pursuit of all our goals
Aoh-kan-otah-tomo —Accepting everyone
Embracing the unique talents and contributions of each individual
Ii-ta-mii-pa-ta-pi-yoip — Happy Living
Humor, laughter, and enjoyment of life
Additionally, BCC adheres to nine mission-driven goals that state the college will:
• Assess all programs and services on a continuing basis to ensure quality education services for students and stakeholders;
• Use a holistic approach to learning by addressing and developing the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of students and the college itself;
• Seek and develop resources for long-term sustainability of the college;
• Provide support services that empower students to achieve their full potential for self-sufficiency;
• Collaborate with all internal and external (local, state, national, global) stakeholders in order to provide the widest range of educational, training and employment opportunities possible;
• Utilize all available resources to ensure students and employees have access to and are trained in the use of appropriate technology; and
• Be a model of community leadership and service.
In 1972, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council established a 10-year comprehensive plan that identified the need for a community college that could provide post secondary and higher education services to the residents of the Blackfeet Nation and surrounding communities. As a result, the tribe chartered BCC in October 1974 in partnership with Flathead Community College (FCC). Students received credits from FCC until December 1985, when BCC received accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In 1994, BCC received Land Grant status. The college reached another milestone when it launched its online course program in 2003.
Geographic Features and Challenges
The Blackfeet Indian Reservation, home to Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana, occupies the 3,000 square miles adjacent to both Glacier National Park to the west and Alberta, Canada to the north. With its target population dispersed throughout such a large, socio-economically depressed area, BCC struggles to provide support services such as on-campus housing and public transportation.
Academics & Students
A two-year institution, Blackfeet Community College currently offers more degree programs than any other time in its history. Associates' degrees in applied science, arts, and science, and certificate programs are offered in 33 areas of study. BCC has successfully maintained steady enrollment throughout the last five years. In fall 2006, BCC enrolled 467 students; in 2010, 473 students enrolled. The number of students receiving associate’s degrees from the college also remained steady during that same period: 55 associates' degrees conferred in 2006 and 58 associates' degrees conferred in 2010. BCC also conferred nine certificates in 2010.
Demographically, BCC students reflect the reservation community. Currently, 97 percent of students are American Indian, 57 percent are female and 52 percent are 24 years old or younger. Eighty-nine percent of students enrolled full-time in 2010.
The college employs 27 full-time and 14 part-time faculty members.
Other Outstanding Accomplishments
BCC recently garnered national attention as a leader in green technology with the opening of its $5 million math and science building. Ahm Ska Tos Po II Koh Kan, or South Wind Lodge, houses 13,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, offices and meeting spaces. The first tribal building in the nation to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status, the building achieved the highest possible award from the U.S. Green Building Council and opened for use in Spring 2011.